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The Right Honourable Arthur Meighen

The Right Honourable Arthur Meighen
Prime Minister
1920-1921; 1926

Object name: Painting
Artist: Ernest Fosbery
Date: 1948
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 127 x 101.6 cm
Catalogue no.: O-620

The Speaker of the House of Commons wrote to Arthur Meighen in May 1948, inviting him to have his portrait painted while it could still be done from sittings. Meighen responded favourably to the request and was most satisfied with the outcome. In a letter to the artist, he wrote, “Nothing could have been more pleasing to me than the remarkable attention you gave the painting and the very excellent likeness which you produced.”

The Artist

A native of Ottawa, Ernest George Fosbery studied painting in Ottawa and Paris. Wounded in France during the First World War, he was transferred to the Canadian war records unit as a war artist. He taught in the United States for more than a decade and served as president of the Royal Canadian Academy in the 1940s. A number of his works can be seen on Parliament Hill.

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